Thursday, January 20, 2011

Calling card of William C. Annas of Bradford and Sebec, Maine, area

Calling card of William C. Annas found in a scrapbook of many other 19th century calling cards of people, mainly in Piscataquis and Penobscot Counties.  Three of the cards mention town names: Dover, Sebec and Williamantic [Willamantic]; and one mentions Piscataquis Grange.

It's possible that the family used the surname Annis and Annas interchangeably.

From online research, hopefully correct:

I found a William C. Annis, born 13 July 1854 in Bradford, Maine, the son of William Chase Annis and, I believe, his second wife Emeline Twombly or Twombley.   The younger William's paternal grandparents were James and Deborah C. (Chase) Annis.

I found another Emeline Twombly born a few years earlier, and much of the documentation I found online seems to have the two Emelines confused.  It's possible that they are one and the same.  Hopefully a reader will clear up the mystery.   Not only do I not dare declare Emeline's parents, but I'm not even sure that Twombly or Twombley was her maiden name.

On 26 December 1909, William C. Annis married Julia C. Griffin, who was born in Canada, perhaps the daughter of Thomas and Mary A. (Mathews) Griffin.  I'm not sure if they had children.  There were no children living with them in the 1910 and 1930 Censuses of Dover and Sebec, Maine, respectively, but I haven't yet found them in the 1920 Census.

If you have any corrections, additions or insights to add to the information presented above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

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  3. Thanks for the link - folks at the Sebec Historical Society have been doing great work!